Schuitmaker has opportunity To defend Colbeck at the most appropriate time, yet chokes.
And for a couple more months he still will be a champion. I’ll not mince words about it. I support our nominee wholeheartedly, but truly I believe Pat was a man who by all measure attempted to find solutions and serve the people of this state with principles solutions, honor, and substance.
Pat had a long road to get to the point where he decided to run. His eight year service as State Senator was solid, and he was/is unafraid to face down the jackals like Richardville and Meekhof; two of the swampiest representatives to ever find leadership roles in Lansing.
Still serving his constituents in Lansing until the end of this year, Pat Colbeck lost all committee assignments, and had all office control removed. Why? Because he wouldn’t play kiss the pollywog’s ass’ with Senator Arlan Meekhof. This is not a common occurrence in Michigan’s robust history, and could only happen with the thinnest skinned critters in leadership.
In an October 2017 letter, Meekhof informed Colbeck the Senate Majority Leader’s office would directly oversee staff assigned to his office including hiring, rehiring, transferring, status changes, leaves of absences, terminations and separations of employment, time card approvals, and intern registration. Additionally, the letter stated all office reimbursements for Colbeck’s office would require approval by Senate Majority Leader.
Meekhof who serves at the pleasure of the State Senate body, could have been persuaded to show some dignity by his fellow travelers, yet none stood up for what is right. In fact, one person who is seeking a position of ‘protecting our rights’ in Michigan stood by quietly and in abject cowardice.
Tonya Schuitmaker in a radio interview was asked about the incident, and she refused to stand up for Senator Colbeck. When asked about the incident she said “Senator Meekhof is my leader.” [18:30] And “What happened with him (Senator Colbeck) and Senator Meekhof is between those two.”
Between those two?
She said how she thinks the world of him for crying out loud. ..And that he is a friend. Ya know it kinda reminds me of the old saying “with a friend like that ..”
If I had a friend dealing with that nonsense in that cesspool, I certainly would have said something. Also, I can tell you without reservation, I believe if she had been in a similar situation, that Pat Colbeck would have not only said something, but would likely have attempted to rally others so as to at least minimize the embarrassment of his colleague.
What Meekhof did was not only unheard of, but a disgrace to his office.
Standing up for principle is what started it. Standing up for principle by Schuitmaker could have helped her ‘friend.’
I doubt she is capable of it.